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The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design

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The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who made one of the most famous creationist arguments: Just as a watch is too complicated and too functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. It was Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery that put the lie to these arguments. But only Richard Dawkins could have written this eloquent riposte to the creationists. Natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process that Darwin discovered - has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker. Acclaimed as perhaps the most influential work on evolution written in this century, The Blind Watchmaker offers an engaging and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time.

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Reprint of the 1987 original with a new introduction & preface.
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"The best general account of evolution I have read in recent years."--E. O. Wilson. With a new introduction.

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Twenty years after its original publication, , framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte. Natural selection--the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discovered--has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of a watchmaker in nature, it is the watchmaker in nature.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-326) and index.

About the Author

Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and is the author of The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Devil's Chaplain, and The Ancestor's Tale.

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skeptijim, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by skeptijim)
Richard Dawkins has written many books and I've read many of them. they're all great, but this one is the best. If you only read one book by Dawkins--heck, if you only read one evolutionary biology book--read this one. It's wonderous, poetic, and brilliantly argued.
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ISBN:
9780393315707
Author:
Dawkins, Richard
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Microbiology
Subject:
Natural selection
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Number:
New ed.
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
19960931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 in 0.84 lb

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"Synopsis" by , "The best general account of evolution I have read in recent years."--E. O. Wilson. With a new introduction.
"Synopsis" by , Twenty years after its original publication, , framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte. Natural selection--the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discovered--has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of a watchmaker in nature, it is the watchmaker in nature.
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